In Humanity gets one wish, I asked how the world would react to a god-like being offering to give humanity a wish. From the responses that question got, I seem to have misjudged how much chaos and panic it would cause. There were also concerns about needing to do "rules lawyering".
I've also done some further development on the god-like being's motivation since then. Basically, he wants to help humanity to reach a utopian Galactic civilization. There are many paths that can lead to that, but also many paths that will lead to humanity self-destructing and wiping itself out. He wants to put humanity onto one of the successful paths, but it doesn't really matter which as they are roughly equivalent. He could just pick one, but he highly values free will. As such, he wants humanity to come up with a wish, and he will put humanity on whichever path to success most closely matches that wish.
What would be the best way to offer humanity a wish? To be specific:
- There should not be widespread chaos or panic. It should be clear that this is a altruistic gift to humanity and that the result will be something that we like. It's okay if a small percentage of people panic (less that 0.1%, perhaps?), as long as it's not enough to cause riots.
- Most people should not worry about "being careful what you wish for". They should understand that no matter what they wish for it won't go badly for (most of) them - even a wish of "we wish to be destroyed" would go well for them (perhaps the removal of the biggest annoyance(s) causing them to want to be destroyed).